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Structuring Strategies: Experimental Filmmaker Janis Crystal Lipzin

April 10, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

CalArts, Bijou Theater

FILM/VIDEO: Janis Crystal Lipzin has been making art in virtually every form of reproducible media for nearly forty years. Utilizing such diverse media as 8mm and 16mm film, various kinds and formats of photographic prints and transparencies, video, audio, digital photography, multi-media installations and media performance, she has confronted an array of uncomfortable subjects such as pyromania, prehistoric murder, pesticide abuse, reproductive rights, and mortality.

Janis Crystal Lipzin has been called “one of the key American media artist of this era” by Steve Anker, Dean of the School of Film/Video at CalArts.  She has been making art in virtually every form of reproducible media for nearly forty years.  Utilizing such diverse media as 8mm and 16mm film, various kinds and formats of photographic prints and transparencies, video, audio, digital photography, multi-media installations and media performance, she has confronted an array of  uncomfortable subjects such as pyromania, prehistoric murder, pesticide abuse, reproductive rights, and mortality.  
 
Lipzin’s work frequently has been at the forefront of an avant garde art practice that seeks to push the limits of what is possible with the media arts while enriching their possibilities for personal expression.  She approaches this effort on a number of fronts: formally within the aesthetics of the film itself, in the overt content of the work, and in the context in which it appears.  She creates moving image works that break out of the usual confines of cinema and takes to the street, the storefront, and the abandoned naval shipyard as possible sites of engagement.   
 
According to Grahame Weinbren, editor of Millennium Film Journal “Lipzin has had an unmatched impact on the art of film through her generations of teaching and her hundreds of students.”  She taught Film and Interdisciplinary Studies at the renowned San Francisco Art Institute from 1978 to 2009 where she served as Chair of the prominent Film Department, and before that, directed the influential Film/Photo Program at Antioch College. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University in Painting and Photography. She also studied painting at New York University and received her MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute.
 
Lipzin’s films and photo work have been featured in numerous museum shows including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the  Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the Neuberger Museum at SUNY  Purchase, and the Kunstmuseum in Berne, Switzerland. Her many awards include three Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her films and videos are distributed internationally and her recent digital film, De Luce 1: Vegetare has been shown in 22 venues in eight countries including at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Videoex in Zurich, the San Francisco Film Festival, Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Atimatter in Victoria, Canada; KLEX in Kuala Lumpur, the Havana Film Festival, and the Kauna Biennial in Lithuania.
 
She has been active in critical writing and curatorial actions as well and she founded and directed eye music, the pioneering microcinema that produced media events at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and internationally.
 

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